Snaefell Cubs at Ardwhallan

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Over the weekend of 6th – 8th May 2016 Cubs from 2nd Onchan’s Snaefell Cub Pack attended camp at Ardwhallan Outdoor Education Centre. On Friday evening, after arriving at Ardwhallan and settling in, the Cubs went out exploring the centre by doing some orienteering around the grounds. After this we had a couple of games of Long Ball whilst the sun set before heading up to the Viking Longhouse for hot chocolate, biscuits, some stories and jokes. Those that were still feeling energetic then headed back out for a couple of man hunt wide games in the field. Everyone got caught in the end except for myself managing to sneak past the Cubs and make it in! We then all walked back to the house and headed to bed with the cubs asleep by 12:30.

imageUp at 7:30 we had breakfast and inspection followed by some free time before our morning activities. The Cubs were split into two groups and took on the challenges of the Low Ropes and a Blindfold trail through some thick vegetation before swapping over. After a quick juice break it was on to Archery and Backwards Cooking where the Cubs made some delicious stuffed potatoes and cheesy twisted dough balls on the hot coals of the fire. After lunch we decided to postpone our hike and headed into Onchan for a trip to the Fun Barn as the weather was a bit wet. Following a couple of hours of jumping into the ball pits and racing each other down the slides we headed to the Scout Hall for some games and dinner. We then headed back and watched a couple of films with cake and popcorn. Most of the cubs took themselves off to bed or fell asleep on the giant beanbags during the films.

After a well deserved lie in we had a hearty breakfast of bacon sandwiches before packing our kit away and heading to Windy Corner for a gentle and enjoyable hike. Back at Ardwhallan the Cubs helped tidy the house before prize giving and being collected.

All the Cubs said they had a great time over the weekend and can’t wait for the next camp. I’d like to say a massive thank you to our Leaders (Rob and Mark) for helping run the camp and also to Andrew (Akela with Manannan Pack), Charlotte and Dan for popping in over the weekend to help with activities and driving the minibus. It was a great team effort by the Leaders and together with the excellent behaviour of the Cubs made for a fantastic camp!!

Alex Armstrong

Assistant Cub Scout Leader

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Manannan Pack Adventure Weekend

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Over the weekend Manannan Cubs held there re-arranged weekend of adventure at Ardwhallan Outdoor Pursuits Centre.  Activities included treasure hunts, snow ball fights, raft building, bowling, swimming at the NSC, laser blast, fun barn, hiking and a few goes on a very snowy assault course.  The sun was shining all weekend, which helped us carry out all the activities.  All Cubs and Leaders had a fantastic weekend even though it was very cold indeed.  We are now busy planning our next Cub Camp for the end of May.

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Manannan Cubs at Ardwhallan

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Over the weekend 16. – 18. November 2012, the Manannan Cubs along with the Leaders invaded Ardwhallan for a weekend of adventure and awesomeness.  On Friday night we all met at Ardwhallan and after a brief talk, telling the Cubs what groups and rooms that they would be in and unpacking our bags it was time for the first activity.  We all walked up to St Luke’s Church where we did a graveyard quiz and the Cubs had to answer the six questions correctly.  Only one group managed to answer five questions.  As it was getting late, we headed back to Ardwhallan, where we played a couple of Man Hunt games, we finished the evening with hot chocolate and roasting marshmallows around the open fire in the Viking Longhouse.  Shortly after this it was time for the Cubs to go to bed, it did take longer than usual for the Cubs to fall asleep with the last couple of Cubs finally getting to sleep around 4am. 

imageAround 7.30am it was still quiet, most of the Cubs were still asleep as were a couple of the Leaders, it didn’t take too long before everyone was up and having breakfast. After Inspection we split into three Groups, and did some Archery, Low Ropes & Challenge Bases.  It was then time for lunch which went down very well by all the Cubs and Leaders, after lunch we split into two  groups and did some orienteering and backwoods cooking, followed by some races on the assault course and there were some pretty impressive times for some of the Cubs.  We then decided to stay in for the rest of the night, the Cubs watched the Simpsons while we cooked some dinner, after dinner the Cubs watched a couple of movies before heading to bed.  All Cubs were asleep by 11pm (yay) followed by Leaders going to bed soon after.

imageSunday Morning and the Sun was already out, the Cubs woke up to the smell of bacon baps, and Akela giving the Cubs a wakeup call too.  The bacon baps went down very well and everyone really enjoyed them.  We decided to go for a nice gentle walk and as it was a lovely day, we decided to go up Snaefell, it didn’t take long at all, only took about 40 Minutes to get the top, we took a couple of photos before we headed back down again.  Once back at Ardwhallan we had hot chocolate and marshmallows, once everyone had their energy back, the Cubs worked in there groups and navigated their way around the Assault Course backwoods & they all did very well and showed good teamwork.  It was then time for lunch, & to pack all the kit and gear away, it was a record for our Cub Camp as we only have 2 bits of lost property left over.    The Ardwhallan Camp was another great success, due to the brilliant weather we had (it didn’t rain) and the fact all the Cubs were well behaved.  A massive thanks to all the Leaders who helped over the weekend, I couldn’t off done it without you: Rob, Mark, Charlotte and Richard.

Andrew CSL

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Snaefell Cubs at Ardwhallan

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Sixteen Cubs and three Leaders from Snaefell Pack (with two Leaders from Manannan Pack) made their way out to Ardwhallan for a weekend camp over the 26th – 28th October 2012. 

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The Cubs arrived at 19:30 on the Friday evening and after a quick briefing about the weekend, they were split into their rooms and allowed to familiarise themselves with the house.  Once everyone had settled in, we readied ourselves for a hike to St Luke’s Church to search for the letterbox at Cronk Keeill Abban and a spooky treasure hunt around the church yard.  Back at Ardwhallan we gathered around a campfire which had kindly been prepared in the Viking Longhouse by the Onchan Explorer Scout Leaders, whilst they were waiting for their Scouts to finish their night hike.  Amanda prepared the Cubs some of her famous hot chocolate (revered by our older Cubs after our last time at Ardwhallan) and biscuits.  We shared jokes and ghost stories around the camp fire, before the cubs headed off to bed.  Fortunately the walk must of tired them out and it wasn’t too long before they were fast asleep.

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On Saturday morning the Cubs were up early, so after breakfast and room inspection we made a start on the activities that Ard Whallan had to offer.  Staying in their room groups the cubs rotated around three different bases: archery, the low ropes course and a selection of the various challenge bases located in the grounds of the house.  After lunch the Cubs were split into two groups as the fun continued with orienteering and backwoods cooking in the Viking Longhouse, followed by a solo and team run of the assault course that even a few of the leaders (Chris and Richard) were unable to escape from.  The Cubs had some free time before dinner that evening, which had been cooked by our Assistant Group Scout Leader, Steve White, who brought us some delicious spaghetti Bolognese.  We managed to sneak in a couple of wide games before the rain came and we had to head inside to dry off.  The Cubs then settled down in front of a movie with Amanda’s homemade chocolate cake, popcorn and hot chocolate. Everyone was asleep before their heads hit their pillows, which made for a very quiet night.

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The clocks had gone back an hour over night, so everyone seemed glad of the extra hour and was wide awake on Sunday morning, but this was probably also helped by the smell of bacon and eggs wafting around the house.  Unfortunately, the rain had picked up during the night and it was pouring down in the morning, but this didn’t dampen our enthusiasm as we headed outside to take on the assault course for a second time.  Carrying cups full of water, the Cubs did well to negotiate the assault course, however not many were able to return with any water left.  The Cubs then went back inside to dry off, warm up and pack up their belongings before lunch.  After lunch we had a camp debrief, prizes and feedback from the camp.  They were then treated to another of Amanda’s homemade delicacies, cake-pops, before being picked up at 14:00.

A massive thanks to all the leaders who helped make the weekend: Amanda, Andrew, Richard and Mark.

Chris Faragher CSL